Democratic Presidential News Round-up For Wednesday:
Kamala Harris shows why she should never be the nation’s chief law enforcement officer or be entrusted with defending our due process rights (also why a new Emerson poll shows her trailing even Andrew Yang in her home state of California):
And Joe Biden shows why he should never be put in charge of anything that requires math:
Tuesday was one of those rare days when having C-SPAN was worth your entire month’s cable bill. I predict that former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s pantsing of Jerry Nadler and his pack of harrumphing political animals on the House Judiciary Committee will become a clip that Republicans watch over and over on YouTube, the way they still chuckle and munch popcorn while rewatching clips of media talking heads crying and looking shellshocked on Election Night 2016.
As Lewandowski made clear, he had already talked for hours to Robert Mueller’s investigators and everything he had to say was in his woebegone report, plus this was his fourth time to go to Congress and answer the same pointless, loaded questions for hours on end. He accused the Democrats of ignoring important issues to go on a vendetta because they can’t get over losing in 2016. He also told them in his opening statement that “I will be as sincere in my answers as this committee is in its questions,” and I think he held to that 100%.
Here’s his must-see opening statement…
And here’s a transcript…
Nadler and his minions postured and posed as great truth-seekers doing their holy oversight function on the White House, but in truth, they’re more like tabloid reporters (or raccoons) rummaging through Trump’s garbage, scavenging for anything they can make a meal out of. All their previous accusations such as “collusion” having imploded in a two-year investigation that found no collusion, they’re now reduced to insisting Trump is guilty of endless impeachable offenses while simultaneously scrambling to try to come up with evidence of one. Lewandowski repeatedly called them on that to their faces, and it was both richly deserved and absolutely hilarious.
A typical example of just how unserious the Democrats on this Committee are came when Rep. Hakeem Jeffries asked Lewandowski if he was Trump’s “hitman, the bag man, the lookout, or all of the above?" Lewandowski fired back, "I think I'm the good looking man, actually." You can call that a flippant answer, but it is exactly as serious as the question, which was the kind of low, childish, “When did you stop beating your wife?” question that should be considered a disqualification for holding an important adult position such as Congress member. If Lewandowski had wanted to take it more seriously, I’d suggest he respond with his own question to Jeffries: “Are you really a United States Congress member or just a hit man for the DNC auditioning for CNN?”
Another high (or low) point came when Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee launched into one of her typically unhinged anti-Trump diatribes for minutes on end, then demanded that Lewandowski answer her question. He asked her to repeat it, since he hadn't heard her ask him a question, “it was just a rant.”
Some Democrats are, of course, demanding that Lewandowski be held in contempt of Congress. It would fun trying to make that charge stick, considering he testified voluntarily and answered all questions that didn’t infringe on executive privilege, such as demanding to know what he’d discussed with the President in private. They just really didn’t like the answers he gave them. Besides, any jury watching a video of that testimony would have to agree that contempt was perhaps the only appropriate response in this case. You know the Dems had a bad day when even a commentator on CNN admitted that Lewandowski had “owned” them.
The latest polls show that only about 35% of Americans still want the Democrats to launch impeachment proceedings against Trump, and I’m betting a lot of those are Republicans running in 2020. One of them may even be Lewandowski, who spent a break during the hearing tweeting a website for a potential run for Senate.
When the circus resumed, furious Democrats accused Leandowski of trying to exploit their political theater for political advantage. Jeffries snapped, “You are not on the campaign trail yet. This is the House Judiciary Committee. Act like you know the difference."
The appropriate response to that would have been, “Since you’re actually on the House Judiciary Committee, maybe you should all try acting like you know the difference between a hearing and a political campaign. If you did, this particular hearing wouldn’t even exist.”
Warning: this story contains details that are not for young eyes:
Tuesday, in a move that many consider long overdue, California Democratic mega-donor Ed Buck was arrested on charges of battery and operating a drug house after a man overdosed on meth in his West Hollywood home (he survived.) Buck is charged with allegedly injecting the man with the drugs.
This was the third incident, the first dating back to 2017 when a young black man was found naked and dead of a meth overdose in Buck’s apartment. Eighteen months later, another young black man dies of a meth overdose there. Prosecutors filed no charges, citing insufficient evidence. But community activists protested that Buck was an extremely powerful, rich white man preying on young black men and injecting them with drugs as part of a sick sexual fetish, and that he got away with it because of his political connections.
Whether it’s just a matter of stronger evidence, community anger over official inaction or the lingering stench of the Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein stories, prosecutors have finally slapped Buck with charges that could bring him nearly five years in state prison if he’s convicted. It’s just a shame that three people had to overdose, two fatally, before prosecutors finally started pounding nails in the coffin of rich liberal privilege in Hollywood.